Lavender Latte

I think my first coffee shop experience was years ago with my Nana when we stopped in after Christmas shopping and I ordered a tall mocha.  At that time I was in college and I was not really able to drink espresso without the extra added chocolate ... but thank goodness I have grown up and don't need so much sugar in my coffee drinks.  For me sitting in a coffee shop and ordering a fancy latte in a hot mug is such a special treat and takes me right back to my time with my grandmother.  One of my favorite things to order is a lavender latte.  It is light, aromatic and the perfect amount of flavor for me.


The College Look Edit

Oh, my darling assistant just gets better every single week.  I swear she is not only the cutest thing on the planet, but has a heart of pure gold and has such a love for Jesus.  I love every single summer when the door opens at 9:30 and her voice says ... "good morning".  I also love catching her singing while she works as she has the voice of a true angel. This summer she was so focused on her wardrobe and styled herself into some darling outfits, it was so fun to see this side of her truly blossom.  This post is all about her own style and some students who have seen her incredible talent and have asked for her help.  

Can you love it more??  Here is Anna Grace back with another series of Edits and this one is all about her own style!

image by @kenleighmccart


12 Happies du Jour

How can it already be the week before Thanksgiving?  This year has truly flown by ... and for sure the last four months.  I am really enjoying this week decorating our trees and working on our oldest son's room for when he comes home at Christmas.  He moved out when we were prepping for surgery and his room was a bit of a mess with a little of this and that and had no purpose.  I spent this weekend working on it and will finish it this week just in time to host him for Thanksgiving next week.  He has a birthday next week as well, so it is even more special.  I can't wait to show it to you ... coming very soon.  The photo above is my inspiration ... and is based loosely (very at times) on the design above.  Isn't this room incredible?


Apple Cider Cocktail + The Best Swizzle Stick

Anyone all about the apple cider this time of the year?  We most definitely are ... from having a glass with breakfast to enjoying it spiked as a cocktail at night we are truly apple cider fans.  I think the crisp air, falling leaves, and snuggling by the fire makes me crave all things apple.  A true cloudy, slightly pink, slightly spicy apple cider is my go to. 🍎


So Very Thankful

Our plans for Thanksgiving are still a tiny bit up in the air (depending any thing that happens) but we are planning to be out of town for the day.  I am excited to be with our family and to just have all the moments with those who are so close to us.  We will get up in the morning and drive (not far) and spend a full day with some of our family.  That being said I did not need to plan a table for us here at home.  That did not prevent me from taking some time to set up a great Thanksgiving table to inspire both me and you.


12 Happies du Jour

I find the time flies with both of us home right now ... it will be 8 am in the morning and then we will have one or two appointments and the next thing I know its 3 pm.  It is crazy ... but I am trying to be really present since I know this time with us together is fleeting and he will be back at work in a month or so and this time will be gone.  I love being able to pop in and grab lunch after an appointment, something we did yesterday, and truly just getting to sit at a table and stare at my walking miracle.  He is such a kind and precious man and hearing his foot steps around the house is the best kind of gift.  It is so good and so precious ... but man how the hours fly by.


Barrington Gifts Sale

Happiest of Mondays to you!!  We are having the best fall weather right now, well its a little cold today, and the leaf peeping is truly the best its been in years.  This weekend was so fun ... with lots of adventure and the debut of my favorite new crossbody bag.  This design is new for Barrington Gifts and I think its perfect.   Any time I can buy plaid and add a monogram is a good thing ... two reasons I love purchasing from Barrington Gifts.  Today is the last day for the Veterans Day sale which is 15% off the entire site which is the best sale of the year.  Since we both know I love all of my Barrington pieces I rounded them up today to share with you some great gift ideas to truly take advantage of this fabulous sale. 🎉


Gift Of Talent + Love

If you spotted my Instagram this morning than you know most of the story of this mug and its incredible creator, but I don't think one simple post is enough to give you all the details.  I can't do the details justice, but I am going to attempt to give you all I have.  This was one of the biggest blessings I received and when it came I truly did not understand all it would end up being and how bad things would get before I had a chance to gift the mugs and spread the love the love that was given to me.  Like I said, I am not sure I can do this justice ... but here goes my best effort. 


All The Pie For Thanksgiving

When I think of my favorite Thanksgiving food I think I can break it down to just a few things; turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce .... and pie.  All the pie please and thank you.  After Thanksgiving dinner is passed and we have the opportunity to snack on leftovers for days I always choose the same plate ... a little turkey, too much stuffing, cranberry sauce and more pie.  I don't know what it is about pie that just makes it the best dessert choice for the entire month of November for me, but I am all truly all about the pie. Since my baking skills are slim at best I rely on buying all of my pies from Southern Baked Pie Company and they never, ever disappoint.  I used to be so much safer since all of their locations were further from our home, but the brand new location in Vinings being just minutes away is putting delicious homemade pies right at my finger tips.

And I am not upset about that one single bit. 


12 Happies du Jour

Fall has been so pretty this year in Georgia.  The trees were really showing all of their stunning colors.  We had a really cold few days last week and I am hoping it has not put an end to the rest of our fall colors.  Some of the trees in the neighborhood are now just dropping their leaves in bulk ... but others are holding on.  We shall see.  I really do love a full fall with weeks of amazing temperatures and gorgeous leaf viewing. 


A Month Of Giving

photo by Angie Webb Creative

When we were still in the hospital I recall longing for the time when we would be home and things would be "normal" again.  He would be getting better every day and I would be sitting at my laptop daily writing away about things that inspired me.  It would feel so good to be home and healing and getting back to our "normal".


So, What Happened?

We have been home for three weeks now and it's been really good.  The first week was so hard and then we seemed to find a routine week 2 and now we are really feeling the comforts of home and family.  I do not think I have ever loved being home more ... it is just magic every single second.  Waking up in the morning and seeing him sleeping next to me is pure bliss and is only rivaled by holding his hand as I fall asleep each night.  Last week at our weekly surgeon check up the doctor said we could "begin to think about not walking on eggshells" and I literally exhaled.  It has been such a journey.

So, what happened? 


Home Sweet Home

I can't believe I actually get to type those words, but yes we are home and have been since last Saturday late afternoon.  Even though the medical team had been talking about it for days before the moment that our surgeon said today is the day it was incredibly unreal.  We have spent the last week just trying to set a routine, get him stronger, sleep, relax, soak up our family, and try to settle into a new normal.  I can tell you sitting here a week later and it doesn't feel any more normal, but we are taking it one step at a time. 


Friends + Family Event ... Serena & Lilly Sale

Did you hear the news?  The Family + Friends Event at Serena & Lilly started yesterday.  I love all the amazing things you can find at Serena & Lilly.  They have such beautiful and classic pieces that stand the test of time.  From gorgeous pillows to beautiful rugs, stunning sheets and bedding and the most amazing chairs and bar cart.  So many gorgeous things.  From now until October 14 you can get 20% almost everything online and in stores GUESTPREP.  There is so much goodness ... You can not go wrong with anything you purchase from Serena & Lilly.


12 Happies du Jour

Hi my friends!  We are still not home but I did splurge on this cute doormat this weekend with a thirty minute Target run.  I thought it was so cute and I am dying to be home and settled so it made it feel like it may be coming?   My favorite one was faded and no longer legible so I snagged a new one and immediately replaced it.  It just made me feel like the porch was a little more tidy with a new mat.  I could not find the door mat online, but it is available in the store.  Isn't it so cute?


Next Day Please!

With the crazy schedule I have had now for almost eight weeks (wow!) I have had to think quick on my feet more than once.  In this time we have celebrated a birthday for my girl, planned to come home, not once but twice, packed up one child to go away for fall break and had many volleyball snack days and little things in between. There has been more than once that I would think of something in the morning and need it by the next day.  Doesn't that always happen when you are stressed out or over busy?


Yellow Jeep

I shared this story on Instagram earlier this week but I thought I would go ahead and make it a full blog post since I get the question quite a bit and I think it is such a great story.  Yellow Jeeps are little signs from God that He is near me and us and it always makes me smile.  Since I shared the story on Instagram so many people have sent direct messages with the yellow Jeeps they have seen and thought of us.  It means the most, everything to us.


12 Happies du Jour

Happy Tuesday ... as you may expect I am drinking my coffee this am with my computer queued up to the Lilly After Party sale.  You may find that crazy since I shopped yesterday, but I have been holding out buying anything most of the summer anticipating this sale.  And, y'all it's good, like really good.  Today I shopped from my favorite summer release ... the rewind of some of the best prints released again. 


It's Party Time

It's here! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party is live and it is so very good.  I poured my coffee, got into the queue and after waiting 45 minutes was able to shop.  I got some really amazing things and the prices are sooo good.  I had to be careful to limit what I love since the selection is new each day of the sale.  So guess where I will be again tomorrow at 7 ish am ... yep, in the queue. 


Boozy Coffee Ice Cream

photo via Williams Sonoma

It is always a good thing when its Friday ... but Friday when its National Coffee Ice Cream Day, yes please!!  I love a good scoop, or two, of ice cream almost any day of the week but Friday after school is the ideal time for a ice cream treat.  Coffee is one of my go to flavors, it combines two things I just love ... coffee + ice cream.  Since buying our ice cream maker earlier this summer I have made many containers of ice cream.  Homemade ice cream is the perfect summer treat and ideal for dessert on weekends and super hot days.  It takes so little time and effort to create a fabulous result.


Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Did you see the news yesterday?  The Lilly After Party Sale is coming!!  The sale begins Monday online at 8 am EST and this weekend (September 7 + 8) in stores.  Anyone else a major Lilly Pulitzer lover?  I already have my eye on what will be on sale ... and added a few things to my cart to refresh on Monday.  There is just something about wearing Lilly that makes me super happy all the time.  Any day with me in a Lilly piece, or two, and I just seem to smile brighter and bigger.


The Leandra Medine Cohen Edit

This is the last one of Anna Grace's series and I am sad.  I have loved seeing her work and seeing it all come together in such a fun way.  I know y'all know I love and adore her, but I just have to say it again.  She is such a gift to me in so many ways.  Enjoy this amazing post ... I think it's so good. xo

I recently came across Leandra Medine Cohen, the founder of Man Repeller, and I cannot stop pinning her outfits. I may have copied almost every single one I could with what I have in my closet. Her style is eclectic and unlike anything I've ever seen. Here is my board for her where all of these images are from ... it's always growing don't worry. 


12 Happies du Jour

HI!!!  It's me, writing in real time and feeling good about it.  I needed a break from writing, thinking about the blog and worrying about anything other than what was happening right in front of me.  At many times I have wanted to just walk away for good but every single time someone (usually someone the medical field) has told me no and reminded me that an outlet is good for stress and anxiety.  This time was no different and last weekend I was ready to pull out my laptop at the hospital and write while he was sleeping.  Writing for me is so relaxing, and a few minutes into the post I felt like things were normal, even for just a few.  I don't know what kind of schedule I will keep while he is still recovering, but we shall see.  I am putting no pressure on myself and letting it flow when I am ready.  It feels good to be doing something "normal" and I am taking it one step at a time.


Managing Expectations

This season has been interesting for sure.  Just like any other one, when it is over and we are on to the next adventure I will be so thankful we walked through it, but for now it isn't my favorite.  If you have followed along with me for any time at all you will notice I really try to find the joy in every single thing.  I find myself always saying ... ok, what is the worst that can happen ... and then embracing the joy when it doesn't.  Life isn't easy (can I get an Amen?), its messy and its hard but the journey is made so much better with Faith, Grace and Joy.  I am doing the best I can to embrace the grace and joy as I lean full into faith right now.  I honestly don't know what I would do without my faith ... it truly holds me up and some days carries me completely. ❤


Labor Day Sale-ing!

As you know I have had some serious time on my hands while sitting in the hospital.  I have been living in sweatshirts with jeans and sweaters with leggings during the day as the hospital is so very cold.  With the weather being unusually cool I got online to order a few more sweatshirts since I never wear the same one without washing ... I am so worried about transferring germs.  I started texting my friends when I noticed that the sales this weekend are so good and I realized it would be easier to group them all together for them and ultimately for you.  I can't even believe its Labor Day weekend ... but I will think about that another time.  This is where we are supposed to be for now, so for now we just breathe through it and wait.


Avocado Toast

image by Angie Webb Creative

Happy Friday!  I hope your week was a good one.  I am writing today about one of my favorite breakfast/brunch treats ... Avocado Toast.  Just typing those two words makes me crave it so much.  I think I was late to the avo toast game so now I feel the need to catch up.  I promise you I could eat this meal over and over again and not tire of it one single bit.  I order it from a few of my favorite spots, but since two of those spots are in Florida (makes the daily order super hard!) I had to figure out a way to make it for myself.  After doing some super yummy research I have the best recipe to share with you.  I think I have it perfected (for my taste at least) and I hope you will give it a try.  It is so easy to make and a great meal ... especially if you add eggs on the side!   I am telling you the more I type the more I want some right NOW.


Key Lime Pie

Anyone else a pie lover?  I really do like a slice of pie and think I have basically my whole life.  When I was a child we lived in Lakeland, Florida (my home town) and spent many lunches and dinners at Reececliff.  I would order a small meal so there would always be room for the slice of pie at the end.  Grilled cheese, roasted grapefruit sections + coconut custard pie.  It was just a regular order for me and still brings me such comfort when I am home and order it.  In July when Southern Baked Pie sent me a Blueberry Pie for July 4th they added a box of Amanda's Signature Pie Crust Mix for us to enjoy later.  Since I do not bake, I promise it never works out, my mother generously offered to help me make a pie.  It was ... delicious and these photos have me dreaming of a slice of pie as I type.


The Big Little Lies Edit

It's week three of the four part series by Anna Grace .... I don't want these to end.  She is so good and so creative and I love her obsession with fashion.  She is basically the best of the best ... enjoy!  xo

image via Pinterest


12 Happies du Jour

We made it through the first two weeks after surgery!!!!!!  I am saying this with extra exclamation marks because I can share with you that that the road has been a bumpy one.  Of course the first few days after surgery are a blur and then he prepped to come home, then a complication, then we prepped again to come home and then he was released.  We all did the happy dance and I thought the road would be so much better once he got home. The first two days we both shed some serious tears.  He was in pain and oh so weak and I was so tired and feeling so inadequate as his caregiver and the grace was flowing constantly from both of us.  I think his mind was more ready than his body was to be discharged on day 8 and I thought about taking him back more than once that first 24 hours.  I have so much respect for nurses ... they all need raises and bonuses ASAP.  We are so lucky to have a nurse as a dear and precious friend who came to check on us and help us with a routine and make some amazing suggestions.  Between her, my best friends and their encouraging messages, my parents and a surgeon on speed dial they carried us when we couldn't do it on our own.  They were most definitely the hands and feet of Jesus. It has been rough but we are FIGHTERS.  Thank you so much for every message, DM and prayer.  It is so surreal to feel the days lighter than they should be and knowing we are being lifted in love.  ❤


The Cutest Headband

The headband game is strong right now and I am loving it.  I have always enjoyed a good headband and I am thrilled they are back in style, though I have been sneaking them off and on even though they weren't hip.  I do love the new top knot style even better than any other style so I guess waiting for them to come back into style was completely worth it. ❤


All The Raffia

I think anything raffia or wicker just gives you a more relaxed feel.  I think it comes from the idea that you grab a wicker bag for the summer months, wear a raffia hat to the beach, and stock your back patio with all the wicker furniture.  You add in a woven, raffia or wicker piece and I instantly view it as laid back and relaxing.  Raffia and wicker pieces have made a huge presence this summer, more than I have ever seen.  I see darling raffia top knot headbands, cute raffia sandals, the most precious raffia hair clips and so much more and I am loving the trend.  Can we just go ahead and say I never want it to end?


Slide On

I have always been a fan of flip flops and sandals, I mean I am a Florida girl at heart.  Spending so much of my growing up years in sandals all year long I just think they are more comfortable than most shoes.  With the exception of loafers (Catholic school girl!) sandals are my go to for shoes!  So, it really should not be surprising to you that I have found myself a huge fan of a slide for the warm months.  I bought two amazing pairs last summer and the collection quickly began! 


The Best Robe

Anyone else love a good robe?  For me a robe is ideal for right after a shower and towel off when you need something while you get ready.  I prefer to get ready in a robe instead of my clothes and then get dressed when I am all done with hair and makeup.  I think the idea of dressing last is something that was passed to me by my mother and I just stuck with it.  I also notice I grab a robe for first thing in the morning when I am letting the puppies out and I need a little something if I chose to sleep in a comfy white tee and pajama pants.   I was surprised a few weeks ago with a package from my favorite towel company and found a darling short sleeve robe inside.  Weezie Towels makes robes?  The answer to that question would be ... yes, yes they do!


The Gossip Girl Edit

Today is week number two in a series of four blog posts written by the darling Anna Grace.  I think this one is my favorite, but I am completely obsessed with the fashion of Gossip Girl.  

But really, what girl isn't??

image via Pinterest


12 Happies du Jour

Well hey!!  Happy Tuesday to you.  We are starting this week just so happy to be on the other side of surgery and on the road to recovery.  It was so hard to plan and wait and wait and wait, and I can not tell you the relief to be done. And the words "tumor free" is just the best phrase ever.  We are so much closer to being cancer free and I have my eyes on the prize! The Hubs is still in the hospital recovering, but each day is a new one and we hope to have him home so very soon.  I can tell you each day is a blessing and we are so thankful for all the love, support, and prayers.  We feel each and every one. 

Oh and can we discuss the sunrises we see each day?  The East wing is the perfect place to see this goodness each morning!


The Magic Of St. Simons Island

One of my favorite places to visit when I am craving some time at the beach is St. Simons Island.  With only a five hour drive from Atlanta it makes me so happy to spend a few days or more on the beautiful coast of Georgia.  With the gorgeous moss covered oak trees hanging over the streets and beautiful marsh land I think it is one of the most relaxing and picturesque places I have ever been. I think part of the reason I love it so is thanks to the yearly visit for The Southern C.  Once a year we all gather for the best view days of learning, connecting, and celebrating so it I always leave so refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for another year.  I have also visited a few times for vacation and always find it a wonderfully laid back destination to completely unplug and relax.  When we learned that surgery was coming quickly I knew I wanted to take a few days to get away with the kids.  And I chose the perfect location ... St. Simons Island. 


All The Books

I mentioned yesterday about my renewed interest in reading.  As a child I read nonstop and the older I get the less I seem to read.  I realized that I was spending more time watching tv at night then I wanted to when I could be reading.  My friend Ashley started a book club in January and I immediately signed up and ordered my first book.  I read it in less than a week and then was ready for another book so I picked out a new one and finished that one, again, in less than a week. Four books later the passion for reading was back and I was thrilled.


My Newest Hobby

One of my favorite memories from my trip to Palm Beach was a pop in to Lycette Designs.  I have been wanting to learn to needlepoint for quite some time but I had promised myself I would let Jessica teach me how.  After working with her on a blog post a few years ago I was really excited to learn from her and I just decided to wait until we could meet in person.  I was so excited to be able to visit Jessica at her darling store, take a lesson, and have her help me pick out three canvases to start the needlepoint journey.


The Jenna Lyons Edit

One of my favorite things about working with Anna Grace all summer is her fabulous ideas.  One day she pitched me a series of blog posts featuring fashion icons she really loved.  I immediately said yes, and then told her they were her's to write.  I remember the first time I told AG to write a blog post, she was nervous and excited and basically unsure but she delivered a great post.  Four years later she is strong in her ideas, strong in her writing skills and has four different blog posts to share with you.  For the next four Wednesdays the content is her amazing idea, her research, and her words.  All her and I am so impressed and proud of my girl.  She rocks!!


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